Manchester: The Castle Hotel
With ten cask handpulls, traditional pub snacks, the best jukebox in Manchester, live music and entertainment every week, we’re your local pub in the heart of the city.
You can’t just create a sense of history: You have to earn it
And the 200 year long story of The Castle Hotel is woven not just into its bricks and mortar, its Victorian tiles or its mosaic floors. It’s a feeling that you can’t out your finger on. It’s in its people. In its memories. And in the layers of history built up over centuries of experience.
The Castle Hotel started life as The Crown and Sceptre in 1776, although records show that there has been a dwelling on the site since the 1400s. Over the course of a century the pub changed name several times, trading first as The Crown and Sceptre, then The Crown and Anchor and later The Clock Face. In the late nineteenth century the pub was acquired by Kay’s Atlas Brewery and started a new chapter as The Castle Hotel; which is probably when the current tiled facade and bar were added. In the early 1930s Frederic Robinsons took over Kay’s Atlas Brewery and, consequently, The Castle Hotel.
The pub’s now deeply cemented relationship with the city’s music scene probably began when it was a stopping off point for to people on their way to Band on the Wall, though it was strengthened with involvement from John McBeith, who later helped launch The Roadhouse.
In 1979, a now legendary John Peel interview with Ian Curtis took place here, weaving The Castle further into the fabric of Manchester’s musical heritage. The Castle’s custodian at the time was Kath Smethurst, who put on local band nights in the back room and furthered the pub’s reputation as a musical and creative hub. Sadly, The Castle fell on hard times, Kath passed away, and The Castle closed its doors in 2008.
This cherished public house was not to remain closed for long though, and in 2009 friends Jonny Booth and Rupert Hill took ownership of The Castle Hotel and set about bringing the decrepit building back to life. After an period of restoration which saw the infamous leaky roof replaced and the pub’s entire interior sympathetically brought back in line with its rich heritage, the renovation was completed in October 2010 with the grand unveiling of the new Music Hall and Theatre at In The City 2010.
So that’s the story so far. And now The Castle Hotel is ready for its next chapter; one which will see this historical drinking house continue to evolve at the beating heart of Manchester’s creative communities. So come along, pull up a stool, and become a part of our story.
66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE
0161 237 9485